The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

sandcastle girls



There don’t seem to be a lot of books about the Armenian genocide. It is a genocide that is not well known and is still denied by many. The Turkish government still will not acknowledge that it happened which is quite sad.

I really enjoyed this book and wasn’t sure where it was going. It was written quite well and it was devastating. To think that people suffered such atrocities and it still isn’t fully acknowledged by a number of governments.

I do think the book was a bit anti-climatic though. I was waiting for some big secret to be revealed and I was kind of ‘disappointed’ when it didn’t follow through. However, that did not take away from the novel as a whole and it did not take away from all the atrocities that occurred in the Armenian Genocide.

The writing was a little hard to adjust to as well but once I got used to it I ended up really loving it.

The ending was bittersweet. There was no real happy ending for the characters after everything that they had witnessed.

Personally, I think this is an important novel to read because it highlights some of the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.



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